Not sure about you, but in my house, wrapping presents is a big deal, sometimes an even bigger deal than opening the presents themselves.
Whether done during the holiday season or just for a birthday, we go all out – from creating a “cake” out of hat boxes filled with gifts or wrapping a bachelorette gift so the ribbon resembles a corset tie, it’s been done…
It also didn’t hurt that my sister worked at a Papyrus where they advertised that they could wrap anything… but I digress.
In honor of the upcoming holiday season, we’ve pulled together some awesome gift wrapping innovations, from products to designs, so you can be a gift wrapping wiz to WIN your holiday.
But before we get started, let’s take a moment to look back at how this craze began…
During the 1917 holiday season, J.C. and Rollie Hall ran out of white, red and green tissue paper that were the standard gift dressing at the time at their stationery store. Scrambling for an alternative, Rollie found a stack of fancy French paper meant for lining envelopes. He put the paper in a showcase, charging 10 cents per sheet. It sold out instantly. They did the same the following year, and by 1919, the brothers decided to print their own special paper for concealing presents, and the gift wrap business was born.
Today, wrapping paper is a $3.2 BILLION industry, and as much as HALF of the 85 million tons of paper products Americans consume annually goes toward packaging, wrapping and decorating. You can still find it by the roll at the Hall’s little store, Hallmark.
For better or for worse, there’s just something about a big red bow.
Okay, back to the matter at hand, what products can help make you a wrapping pro? Here you go…
The Wrapmaster is the fastest gift-wrapping tool in the world. It will cut gift wrapping time by 60 to 75 percent! Made with elegant simplicity it has no moving parts so it will last a lifetime. With a ruler along the cutting edge it is easy to measure the exact amount of wrapping paper and cut it cleanly with nearly one motion.
Fiskars Gift Wrap Cutter glides through wrapping paper so wrapping presents is easier than ever. A double-honed blade cuts virtually any type of wrapping paper with ease, and it includes a built-in ribbon curler that doubles as a tape-burnishing tool to make all the presents look their best. An ergonomic design with a comfortable Softgrip handle provides comfortable use, and it’s a great tool for the elderly or anyone with arthritis because it eliminates the squeeze motion needed cut wrapping paper with a scissors.
Scotch™ Brand Cutters are safe, fast and precise. The Scotch™ Gift Wrap Cutter is a unique cutting tool that makes high volume gift wrapping easy. It cuts through wrapping paper faster and more safely than scissors. The protected stainless steel blade is designed for safety, and is ideal for making clean, straight cuts. And the built-in ribbon curler helps add a touch of flair to each gift.
Scotch® Pop-up tape handband dispenser offers extra storage space for pre-cut tape and is designed for one-hand dispensing. Dispenser and is perfect for gift-wrapping or crafting and contains 75 per-cut tape strips.
Now you don’t have to look for the tape or reach for it either. It’s always within four inches of where you need it! Right at hand! It’s refillable with any brand of tape and YOU CHOOSE how big or small a piece of tape you need.
This Japanese tape is a dream to decorate with (tears easily), comes in a multitude of colors and patterns, and will turn any plain box into a beautiful work of art.
RIBBONS AND BOWS
Simply pull the ribbon through while you squeeze and get small ribbons strips that are easy to curl and dress up the ends of ribbons or bows. The curler is at either side of your thumb so you can slit and curl without rehandling the ribbon.
With the Pixie Bowmaker, anyone can make professional looking bows out of satin or sheer organdy ribbon in minutes. Easy-to-follow pictures in the instruction booklet make it simple to create everything from crisp star bows to lovely rose bows.
If you’re looking for new ways to package those homemade treats, consider a twist on the classic baker’s twine.
STORAGE & ORGANIZATION
Keep gift wrap essentials organized and accessible with the gift wrap work station. It holds up to 12 rolls of wrap plus ribbons, bows, gift totes and wrapping accessories. The A-frame design stands on its own to keep everything within reach. Hang it with the incorporated hook on a closet rod when not in use.
Neat Roll Fasteners keep rolls of gift wrap, posters or shelf liner securely rolled, without the damage caused by tape or rubber bands. Plus, they can be adjusted or removed easily and re-used as often as needed.
Keep up to six spools of ribbon organized and tangle-free with this ribbon dispenser box. Place the spools inside and thread the ribbon through the openings, trimmed in metal grommets.
Okay…so, now that you have the tools, allow us to provide some design inspiration for some of our favorite wrapping designs:
Whether you are stacking a hamburger, revealing a superhero, utilizing newspaper and maps or resorting to my favorite, “brown paper packages tied up with strings,” we hope that this post inspired your creativity for this holiday season!
Happy Wrapping and Happy Holidays everyone!